capture screen and camera side by side

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In this day and age of social distancing and travel bans, I wanted to record myself reading books to my granddaughter. My thought was to upload a video to a youtube channel for her to watch. The layout I was thinking of was one side of the video would have grandma reading the book, while the otherside actually had the book pages (I would be using an online book). 

I have Camtasia 2018.0.7 and Snagit 2020 both, but figured this might have to be done in Camtasia. I tried by having the book screen recorded and also me in the webcam view. I got the book well enough, but I was this very small image in the right lower corner. Is there any (simple) way to get me side-by-side as I flip through the book screens and read it? 

I think it's important for her to see the person reading the book, rather than just record the book and the audio. But only if it's easy to do at this point. I've exhausted myself looking through the help files only to find 5 year old threads that don't look anything like my own versions. :) 

Thanks from Mummi :)
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in the canvas, position the 2 streams side by side; set project settings accordingly
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Can you advise me a bit on the "project settings"? So I would need to figure out how much the canvas dimensions should be to hold the webcam video alongside the canvas recording? And are these two recordings that I need to make separately (like record the 'pages turning' of the book) as one video, then go back and record the webcam of me reading the book, then put those two video files in track 1 and track 2?
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basically yes to both

re project settings, just do the math to figure out the dimensions

you need to keep both videos at their native aspect ratios

this usually means that, with a normal HD monitor [1920 wide 1080 high] you will do settin gs so that both, added together, will add up to 1920 wide; they will be less than 1080 high; it real easy to do

you can scale down, or up [web cam?] to fit the space

if possible, I film both at same time, with narration; will make it easy to syn c them together 
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Hi Michele, I agree with Kayakman but thought a little explanation might help.
Open a "New Project" in Camtasia.
  • Up on top there's a "%" canvas zoom. Clicking the down arrow there will give you a dropdown with "Canvas Settings." Set this up to be 1080p (1920x1080). This will determine your overall project size and ensure the best detail.
  • Your webcam will never be as good a recording as doing it with a separate camera. Simultaneously record your book (Camtasia capture with microphone sound, without camera) and yourself (camera, with microphone).
  • After recording, bring the .trec file and your .mp4 file onto the project canvas and size them as Kayakman suggests. Use the audio tracks on both files to synchronize the two clips on the timeline.
  • A sweet tweak would be to change the background of the project to a color in your clips, to avoid the black. As you saw above, you can change the background color in that dropdown at the top of the screen.
Congratulations on your idea. I'm sure your children and grandchildren will appreciate the effort you've put in. It's a wonderful legacy and puts a real positive flip on the whole present situation (coronavirus quarantine, for those readers in the future who aren't living through this!).
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How To Quickly Configure Canvas To Accommodate Side By Side Videos 2020-04-21
https://www.screencast.com/t/Ckvp23141Q

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Thanks guys, I'll give it a try. I'm not great at figuring these things out on my own, although once shown, I can hustle right along. I somehow didn't record audio so now to troubleshoot that. Oh the joys of new technology and old dogs!